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27 Best Free Slideshow and Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress Blog

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Slideshow, photo gallery and image gallery are a great way to share information, videos or a collection of pictures. They are commonly used by web designers and bloggers to showcase latest posts, portfolio, images, products, etc. If you are running a WordPress blog, adding a beautiful slideshow to attract your visitor’s attention can be done easily through a plugin. In today’s post, we’ve gathered 27 most downloaded WordPress slideshow and image gallery plugins for you to choose. Hopefully you’ll love them all, don’t forget to leave us your comment!

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(SEE ALSO: Top 46 Best jQuery Image Galleries, Sliders and Slideshows Plugins)

NextGEN Gallery
NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option and photo management tools. It provides you tons of interesting features such as customizable templates, Media RSS feed, Role settings, AJAX based thumbnail generator, Watermark function and more. Additionally, there are several great plugins like NextGEN-FlashViewer and NextGEN-ImageFlow that work with it to give you more tools!
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Lightbox 2
This plugin is used to overlay images on the current page. It features ‘auto-lightboxing’ of image links.
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Featured Content Gallery
Featured Content Gallery creates an automated, fully customizable rotating image gallery anywhere within your WordPress site. The plugin lets you choose your images and display categories, pages or posts with custom overlay text and a thumbnail carousel. Custom options include gallery size, color, style and more.
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Lightbox Plus
Lightbox Plus allows users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.
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GRAND FlAGallery
GRAND FlAGallery is a powerful Flash & jQuery media content plugin. It provides a comprehensive interface for handling image galleries, audio and video. You can edit your media content the way you want: upload images, import music and video, create photo gallery, music playlists, group pictures in slideshow and add descriptions for each image, mp3 or video.
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Lightbox Gallery
The Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox. You can also make regular images appear in a lightbox.
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flickrRSS
This plugin allows you to easily display Flickr photos on your site. It supports user, set, favorite, group and community photostreams. The plugin is relatively easy to setup and configure via an options panel. It also has support for an image cache located on your server.
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FancyBox for WordPress
Seamlessly integrates FancyBox into your blog: Upload, activate, and you’re done. No further configuration needed. However, you can customize it from the Options Page if you like.
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Dynamic Content Gallery
Dynamic Content Gallery (DCG) plugin creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest and/or featured content using either the JonDesign SmoothGallery script for mootools, or a custom jQuery script. The plugin dynamically creates the gallery from your latest and/or featured content by either automatically pulling in the first Image attachment from relevant posts/pages, or by specifying image URLs in a DCG Metabox in the write screen for the relevant posts/pages. Additionally, DCG’s dashboard settings page gives you access to a comprehensive range of options for populating the gallery and configuring its look and behaviour.
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jQuery Lightbox
jQuery Lightbox is used to add the lightbox effect to images on your WordPress blog.
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Yet Another Photoblog
Yet Another Photoblog converts your WordPress blog into a full featured photoblog in virtually no time. You can easily upload images and use multiple thumbnail sizes where and when you need them.
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Content Slider by SlideDeck
The SlideDeck WordPress slider plugin allows you to easily create a content slider widget or slideshow on your WordPress blog without having to write any code. Just create a new slider with the SlideDeck control panel tool and insert the widget into your post via the WYSIWYG editor with the TinyMCE plugin SlideDeck picker.
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WP-SimpleViewer
The WP-SimpleViewer plugin allows you to easily create SimpleViewer galleries with WordPress. Images and captions can be loaded from the WordPress Media Library or from Flickr. SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image gallery. It allows you to display your images on any web page in a professional, intuitive and simple way.
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Lazyest Gallery
This gallery basically needs just two settings: Your image directory and your gallery page. Lazyest Gallery automatically creates a photo gallery with folders, sub folders, thumbnail pages and slide shows. If you want more, the gallery offers a multitude of options by featuring a smart back end management site. You can sort photos through folders and add captions, comments and descriptions with minimal effort. If you are tired of uploading photos through the WordPress server, this plug-in will make it a breeze with their FTP auto-indexing integration.
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Flickr Photo Album
This Flickr plugin for WordPress will allow you to pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site. There is a pretty simple template provided which you can customize to 100% match the look and feel of your own site.
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PhotoSmash Galleries
PhotoSmash Galleries makes it easy to create photo galleries in posts or pages that your users can upload images to. PhotoSmash has incredibly flexible and simple models for designing custom photo gallery and form layouts, utilizing your own custom database fields, html, and css, or just use the standard.
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NextGEN-FlashViewer
The famous Adobe Flash Plugins (SimpleViewer, TiltViewer, AutoViewer, PostcardViewer) from Airtight Interactive for NextGEN Gallery.
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Cleaner Gallery
Cleaner Gallery was written to take care of the invalid HTML that WordPress produces when using the “gallery” shortcode. It does a bit more than that though. It will integrate with many Lightbox-type scripts and allow you to do much cooler things with your galleries. Plus, it has a couple of extra options that you can play around with.
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WordPress Content Slide
WordPress Content Slide is used to create fully customizable jQuery fading image slideshow anywhere within your WordPress site. Its custom options include slideshow size, color, style and more. The image slideshow is created using JQuery Coin Slider and the fade effect is created using jQuery inner Fade effect.
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Lightview Plus
Seamless integration of Lightview (similar to Lightbox, Thickbox, Floatbox, Thickbox, Fancybox) to create a nice overlay to display images and videos.
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WP Photo Album
This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums within your WordPress site.
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Shutter Reloaded
Shutter Reloaded is an image viewer for your website that works similarly to Lightbox, Thickbox, etc. but is under 10KB in size and does not require any external libraries. It has many features: resizing large images if the window is too small to display them with option to show the full size image, combining images in sets, redrawing the window after resizing, pre-loading of neighbour images for faster display and very good browser compatibility.
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Fotobook
Fotobook is a WordPress plugin that will link to your Facebook account(s) and import all of your photo albums for use in your WordPress installation. It uses the Facebook API so importing your photos is a breeze.
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Slideshow Gallery
This plugin features content in a JavaScript powered slideshow gallery showcase on your WordPress website. You can easily display multiple galleries throughout your WordPress website displaying your custom added slides or showing slides from WordPress posts. The slideshow is flexible and all aspects can easily be configured.
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DM Albums
DM Albums is a powerful WordPress plugin based on DM PhotoAlbums. It takes full resolution photos and automatically builds thumbnails and allows browsing of the photo album in-line with your post, meaning your visitors can view the entire photo album without leaving your post. Once you follow the simple configuration to set up and customize the look of DM Albums in WordPress, simply upload full-resolution photos to a directory on your web site, and link to it in your blog post – DM Albums will do the rest, even allowing administrator users of your blog to add captions to the photo album directly through the blog post (as long as they’re logged in).
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Slideshow Gallery Pro
A simple to use but highly customizable photo and image viewing plugin that integrates seamlessly with the WordPress image upload and gallery system. Using the most current web technologies like AJAX and JQuery, this viewing and linking solution is one of the popular slideshows available on WordPress.
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kPicasa Gallery
This plugin displays your Picasa Web Galleries in a post or in a page simply by creating a post or a page with a special keyword. All the images are kept on the Picasa Web Gallery server.
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More Plugins

Flickr Gallery
With Flickr Gallery plugin, you can quickly and easily add Flickr galleries, photos, and even custom search results into your WordPress pages and posts.

WordPress Slideshow Plugin
Slideshow plugin is a photo slideshow player that was developed to meet the demands of WordPress users looking for an elegant yet simple to use slideshow gallery for displaying photos on their blogs.

Flickr + Highslide
This plugin displays flickr photos using highslide.

flickr-slideshow-wrapper
This plugin calls Flickr albums into your WordPress content.

Picasna
Picasna parses link to your Picasa album and creates professional full screen flash gallery.

SuperSlider-Show
SuperSlider-Show is your animated slideshow plugin with automatic thumbnail list inclusion.

Slideshow
The Slideshow plugin gives you a shortcode called [slideshow], which pulls any image attachments for a post (or any post type) and formats them into a nicely-designed slideshow.

Media Library Gallery
Media Library Gallery automatically creates a gallery with every images posts have in attachment.

JQuery slideshow
JQuery slideshow plugin, TN3 Gallery is a full fledged HTML based customizable image gallery with slideshow, transitions and multiple album options. Compatible with all modern desktop and mobile browsers. Powered by jQuery.

WordPress Flickr Manager
This plugin handles uploading, modifying images on Flickr, and insertion into posts.

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